An order of cold fries flew hot lead outside a McDonald’s in Brooklyn, shooting a badly injured employee in the neck by a customer’s irate son, police sources said Tuesday.
The 23-year-old fast-food worker was taking orders at the Bedford-Stuyvesant eatery around 7 p.m. Monday when a 40-year-old customer, while chatting with her son on FaceTime, complained that her fries were cold, police sources said.
The son listened as his mother argued with store employees, then appeared out of nowhere outside of McDonald’s and joined the escalating fast food feud, pulled out a 9mm pistol and fired at the worker on Fulton St. near Throop Ave., according to the police .
“We sat her and we heard ‘pop!'” said a street vendor who described the victim, bleeding from a gunshot wound, lying on the concrete after the gunfire.
“In McDonald’s they argued over fries… He worked hard. He defended his colleagues.”
The victim was hit on the side of his neck, just above the jawline, and was admitted to Brookdale University Hospital in critical condition on Tuesday, authorities said.
“(A) really nice guy,” one of the victim’s employees said of the McDonald’s employee.
The mother told police she heard the gunshot but did not see the shooting, sources said. A single shell casing was found at the scene.
“She must have been in shock because she gave all the information about what had happened,” said the eyewitness salesman. “She admitted that she called her son.”
The 20-year-old suspect, who lives with his mother about four blocks away, was taken into custody for questioning at the 79th Precinct station building. Charges against him were pending.
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A police source said the NYPD had already sought a conversation with the suspect about a nonfatal shooting in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which they believe he witnessed in May.
Another local businessman watched in horror as the victim was loaded into an ambulance, the incident evoking memories of his own son’s shooting.
“It was really disturbing to me,” he said. “I took it personally.”
The bizarre incident was reminiscent of the deadly shooting of a Chinese food delivery boy last April by a customer who was outraged at the lack of duck sauce in his order.
The McDonald’s shooting wasn’t the first violent incident in the city’s fast-food restaurants this year.
On March 28, released Rasheed Osundairo, 31, reportedly beat fellow customer Melvin Dizon cold while the victim ordered breakfast at McDonald’s on Seventh Ave. near Madison Square Garden as other stunned patrons watched, unwilling to join.
Earlier that month, an irate customer stabbed an employee armed with a stick multiple times during a frenzied morning clash at an East Harlem McDonald’s, just steps from a Burger King where a teenage cashier was shot during a January 9 robbery. said the police.